Vasileios Vyzas from the TSC’s Information Exploitation team, took part in the Smart Seeds Competition in July and won 1st place with his team. Smart Seeds is an annual innovation program for young professionals to tackle complex industry challenges. Each year, teams of young professionals generate fresh ideas to tackle complex infrastructure challenges facing their city.
Challenges were set by industry leaders across water, transport, urban planning and design, building and property, environment, resources, agriculture and energy. Creative concepts were developed over 10 weeks by multiple teams, each made up of young professionals from different organisations, and presented to industry leaders at a showcase event.
Vasileios Vyzas’s team ‘ReSkilling London’, worked on an innovative idea to address unemployment that may result from the introduction of autonomous cars throughout London. The team attended a series of workshops, which took place over the course of 10 weeks, to help develop their challenge solution further. Workshops comprised of Challenge Setting and Idea Development, followed by a pitch and a final delivery at the showcase event.
ReSkilling London proposed an incentive based programme called ‘Reskill Reward Reinvent’, to overcome the introduction of autonomy throughout London. The challenge stated that within 15 years, 10 million UK jobs could be at risk due to automation; one million of these by driverless cars. The concept was to provide further education to those who would be effected, using tailored learning to create a ‘re invented’ worker.
Post event, Smart Seeds has created an online community to allow the continuation of ideas developed from the Smart Seeds competition. If you would like to find out how you can get involved in next year’s competition, check out the following link: http://www.smartseeds.org/about/.